The word out of Chicago is that Bulls management believes Lonzo Ball will never play again.
“The other thing I heard is even though publicly there has been an expression of guarded optimism regarding a future for Lonzo Ball,” 670 The Score’s Dan Bernstein said. “And there’s a reason why for you’re pursuant to all kinds of union issues, why they haven’t asked for the salary exemption yet because they don’t want to send the message publicly that they’re done with him. They don’t think it’s likely that he ever plays again.”
Earlier this year, Ball underwent the third surgery on his left knee, this one cartilage transplant that is seen as a last-ditch effort to save his career.
Ball's knee problems began when he was wearing his dad LaVar's Big Baller Brand shoes and there has long been a belief that the kicks are what messed him up.
Lakers believe his initial injury, was caused by his shoes. BBB were complete trash, no R&D like Nikes, just thrown together. Sad, because Zo can really play https://t.co/CxFHyKdx2Q— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) May 28, 2023
The Lakers tried to get Ball to stop wearing the shoes, which Lonzo privately admitted were "trash". However, he kept wearing them for a time to promote his dad's brand, which never really took off.